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Wildfire Rages Out of Control Near Abu Ghosh

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A wildfire is reportedly raging out of control near the Christian Arab town of Abu Ghosh, near the western face of the Jerusalem hills. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon, but quickly blazed out of control due to the high winds in the area.

By mid-afternoon, at least a dozen fire trucks had reached the area to fight the flames, along with six firefighting aircraft.

Abu Ghosh is located along Route 1, on the road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, close to the Jewish hareidi religious community of Telz Stone, also known as ‘Kiryat Ye’arim,’ where it is believed that the Ark of the Covenant was placed. Abu Ghosh is a small village, friendly to Jews and nationally famous for its secret, special family recipes for hummus. Kosher versions of ‘Abu Ghosh’ hummus are sold by a number of Israeli appetizing manufacturers and stocked in supermarkets across the country.

2 Days After Pope’s Visit, Bethlehem Church Fire Not Arson?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Just two days after Pope Francis visited the Church of the Nativity in Palestinian Authority-controlled Bethlehem, there was a fire. Coincidence?

The church — important to Roman Catholics around the world — is built over the grotto believed to be the birthplace of the founder of Christianity, Jesus. It is considered one of the holiest sites in the faith.

A cleric at the church, Father Ibrahim Faltas, denied the fire had been set intentionally and claimed a candle tipped over near a curtain, setting it aflame.

The once-mostly Christian town of Bethlehem — controlled today by the Palestinian Authority — is now populated by a Muslim majority. Christian residents have been systematically attacked by local Muslims and quietly have fled, until now only a small fraction remain. The Pope, however, made no reference to the vicious campaign of harassment carried out against his people during his visit to the region, focusing instead of Arab-Israeli relations.

2 Illegal PA Arab Workers Die in Moshav Fire

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Two Palestinian Authority Arab workers died and two other workers were injured early Tuesday in a moshav fire near Latrun.

The fire, which took place in a metal workshop at Beit Nechemia, did not pose a threat to any other property in the area and was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

Both of those who died in the blaze were present at the moshav illegally, according to initial data from Israel Police investigators. One of the injured broke both his legs jumping out the window to escape the fire. A second was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The owner of the workshop was arrested, as was the man who employed the illegal workers.

Synagogue Worshippers in London Save Family from Burning Car

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Two worshippers in a synagogue on Passover saved a child from death in a burning car that exploded shortly after the rescue.

The worshippers rushed to the burning vehicle after hearing the family’ scream for help, and they found the toddler strapped in a car seat. The worshippers, Moshe Kupperman and a second man, identified only as “Shlomo” and an IDF veteran, survived the intense heat from the burning car while unfastening the child’s seat belt and freeing him.

Two other passengers fled on their own before the Peugeot 307 exploded, the London Evening Standard reported.

The family was taken into the synagogue to recover as firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire, which destroyed the car.

Michael Block, who worships at the synagogue, told the Standard, “The people in the car realized there was going to be a problem and tried to get out, then fire started coming out. The family in the car was beside themselves and in shock. Shlomo is a lovely chap and he hasn’t been in this country for very long…. He was very brave…. He is a well-meaning guy who saw there was a problem and went to try and help. He is definitely a local hero.”

Fire at IDF Tel Aviv Headquarters

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Kirya, the IDF’s military headquarters, and Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv suffered a major fire in the dining hall of the base, on Wednesday morning.

Thick black smoke from the fire can be seen for miles.

Large firefighting forces are operating at the base. There are no reports of injuries.

After many years in which the IDF was publicly criticized for maintaining its headquarters, including highly visible communication devices, in the heart of the most densely populated city in Israel–exposing thousands of civilians to a possible attack, the IDF is now in the process of moving its main high command operations to the more sparsely populated Negev in the south.

Torah Scrolls Saved in Utah Day Care Center Fire Alarm

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A rabbi and his daughter at the Chabad Lubavitch day care center in Salt Lake City, Utah saved two Torah scrolls from possible destruction Monday after he smelled smoke in the building.

Twenty children, including five infants, were evacuated, according to the local Tribune newspaper.

A faulty furnace was cited as the source of the heavy smoke that promoted the two-alarm fire reported by Rabbi Benny Zippel, whose daughter Chaya saved one of the scrolls from smoke damage.

A faulty furnace was blamed for smoke that prompted the evacuation of a Salt Lake City day care on Monday afternoon.

Fire Damages Kosher Meat Plant at Ex-Site of Agriprocessors

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Fire damaged the first floor of the former site of the Agriprocessors kosher meat processing plant in Iowa.

The late Friday night fire at Agri Star Meat & Poultry in Postville started in a dryer that was left on in the plant’s laundry room, according to reports, and has been classified as accidental. No one was inside the plant when the fire broke out.

Firefighters who answered the call several hours after the blaze started prevented its spread to the second and third floors of the plant, where chemicals and manufacturing materials including cardboard and plastic foam trays are located, according to The Associated Press.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fire-damages-kosher-meat-plant-at-ex-site-of-agriprocessors/2013/11/18/

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